YOCAMA sponsors missions trips to Native American Indian reservations to provide medical, dental, vision and developmental screenings for pre-schoolers.
Since 2008, over 1,000 missionaries have participated in trips to New Mexico and Montana. In addition to pre-school screenings, we build houses, complete building renovations, and deliver food and firewood to families in remote parts of the reservations.
YOCAMA is an independent, non-profit organization. We seek to provide teens and young adults an opportunity to share the experience of working side-by-side with Native Americans who are helping to improve the quality of life in their own communities in the Navaho and Blackfeet reservations. Missionaries pay their own travel and lodging expenses. We rely on fundraising and donations to support our medical and construction projects. Donations are fully tax-deductible. Our 501(c)3 number is 26-1804058.
What We've Achieved
- Annual medical and dental screenings allow pre-school children to qualify for fall admission to local Head Start programs. Our mission teams include physicians, dentists and ophthalmologists who provide screenings as well as referrals to local specialists when further care is required.
- The food pantry and garden built in Gallup in 2010 now provides fresh vegetables and hot meals to local residents, as well as employment.
- In partnership with St. Bonaventure Indian Mission School, we have completed repairs on school buildings every summer since 2009.